Sydney’s Oaks have been a rising name within their very healthy music scene for a while now and have become a staple on many of the bills coming up in NSW. After a big step forward with their 2018 EP Closing the Distance, the boys have made further strides with brand new single Chokehold which is sure to cement them as one of the most promising acts in Sydney pop punk. We caught up with the boys to discuss the new track, the Sydney music scene and whether a larger release is around the corner.
It’s been a while since we’ve chatted and you’ve just dropped brand new single Chokehold! Tell us about the track and the process of writing it?
We are so excited to finally release Chokehold and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do! Since the song was co-written by numerous members, the song can be interpreted in different ways. Like any song it stems from experiences an emotions and a reflection of thoughts at the time.
Has there been any changes to your songwriting process since you began as a band?
No massive changes in terms of how we as a band write songs, just the location. It always seems to work best when we write as a collective though. There’s 3 of us that contribute lyrics to the band, but we all take part in the full songwriting process to add some individual flair to the songs.
Are there any new influences you’re drawing from on your new material?
With the new material we’ve been working on, bands like Stand Atlantic, Hellions, Trash Boat and WSTR have really inspired the sound we want to go for.
Is there any chance of a new EP or full length soon?
We’ve spent this year working on something really special, hopefully you’ll see it soon.
You guys have become mainstay in the Sydney pop punk scene over the years. What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned over that time span?
There are always going to be times when trying to survive in the music industry is tough, but the Sydney scene is growing and it’s always so welcoming. All you can do is give it your all and never take no for an answer.
How do you guys feel about the Sydney music scene at the moment?
The lockout laws being lifted is definitely a step in the right direction! The scene is constantly evolving and it’s amazing to see such an amazing support network of bands, fans and venues in Sydney. The support is overwhelming really, if you start a band you can feel reassured you’d have support in Sydney.
The introduction of Good Things Festival was a big boost and filled a void that desperately needed filling. With the festival booking bands with great genre crossover and mainstream appeal, have you noticed a spill effect of interest into the local scene and do you think it will continue to grow with more festivals?
We were all excited with the addition of Good Things. A few of us attended the festival and yes it did fill the void that needed filling. Especially in the heart of Western Sydney, the number of people who came out to battle the heat & dust was fantastic. We’re really hoping that the festival continues to grow and supports the local scene with each passing year. I think we will start to see more festivals pop up in Australia as the demand is definitely there.
You guys have maintained a consistent lineup over your existence as a band! What’s the secret to keeping everyone happy and engaged?
There is no secret! We all argue frequently but over the years we’ve learnt not to take things to heart. Writing new music together as a band keeps everyone engaged and excited.
Who are some good locals we should be listening to?
Bearclaw Camp, Roman Tragedy, Headstrong, Resident and Candour.
Are there any plans to return to Melbourne soon? If so, when can we expect you?
Nothing planned, but hopefully we can get back down there sometime within the next year?
Any parting words for us?
Do yourself a favour and watch Edgar Wright’s cult classic film ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’, or read Bryan Lee O’Malley’s wonderful graphic novel series in which the film was based off.
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